Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards New Grants


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An executive in the insurance industry, George Argyros, Jr., is the founder and president of Elite Financial Group, a holding company that provides turnkey life insurance premium finance programs. Outside of this role, George Argyros, Jr., has donated funds to numerous organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which has announced new research and development grants.

The MDA will distribute 29 new research and development grants as part of its Winter 2017 grant cycle. The latest grants are part of the organization’s commitment to double its spending on drug development and trials by 2020.

The new awards total more than $7 million and will help researchers study key questions related to muscular dystrophy. Award recipients include Mattia Quattrocelli, from Northwestern University’s Center for Genetic Medicine. She will study how glucocorticoids affect muscle repair and regeneration in individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Another recipient is James Novak, a postdoctoral associate at Children’s Research Institute who will study why exon-skipping drugs can effectively reach muscles undergoing repair.

To learn more about the MDA Winter 2017 grant cycle, visit


The Muscular Dystrophy Association Grant Program

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George Argyros Jr. is the founder and CEO of Elite Financial Group Llc., and a long time Newport Beach, California resident. As a community member, George Argyros Jr. is involve and support numerous charitable organizations. Among the organizations he supports is the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Founded in 1950 the Muscular Dystrophy Association is an organization dedicated to finding cure and more effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. The Muscular Dystrophy Association achieves these goals by funding research, advocating for greater access to care, and providing support for individuals suffering from neuromuscular diseases as well as their families and carers. The Muscular Dystrophy Association funds research through its program of grants.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s’ research grants are currently funding 200 research projects in 12 countries. There are four types of grant: basic research, translational research, clinical research, and infrastructure.

Each type of grant is aimed at solving a different problems. Basic research grants are for researchers studying the biological processes that lead to neuromuscular diseases. Translational research grants fund the development of new treatments for neuromuscular diseases; clinical research grants fund new treatment regimes that are moving to clinical trials. Finally, the infrastructure grants which exist to fill community needs.

While the first three types of grants are open to external applications, the fourth is not. Letters of intent for the next round of grants are due June 15 this year.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Provides Summer Fun

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

George Argyros, Jr. has leveraged his expertise in launching new business ventures into a leadership position for his company, Elite Financial Group, LLC. Additionally, George Argyros, Jr. has donated to many good causes including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Since 1950, the MDA has led efforts to mitigate the effects of muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. Besides sponsoring some 200 research projects, the MDA organizes week-long summer camps, to encourage children to improve their quality of life in a barrier-free environment.

Camps benefit both children and caregivers. The children get to enjoy sports such as hockey, soccer, and baseball with disability-friendly options. Dances, arts and crafts, and talent shows stretch the capabilities of campers, increase self-esteem, and foster friendships. Camp staff provide adaptive measures that allow any child to take part in any activity.

Parents and guardians get a break from their caretaking responsibilities, knowing their children are receiving top-notch care for the mind and body alike, and fully trained volunteers and medical specialists are never far from the children.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Raises Funds through Its Muscle Walk

As the founder and CEO of Newport Beach, California-based Elite Financial Group, LLC, George Argyros, Jr., oversees the daily operations of the private financial insurance company. Prior to this venture, he had established Leveraged Life, Inc., another insurance company where he functioned as the CEO. A philanthropic individual, George Argyros, Jr., aids several charitable organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

A nonprofit health organization aimed at finding treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and other neuromuscular diseases, the MDA also funds research and advocates for those dealing with these diseases. Moreover, it provides support to MDA families through its many branches, seven of which are in California.

Individuals can contribute to the MDA in various ways, including via the annual Muscle Walk. As the largest event of its kind, the MDA Muscle Walk allows participants to raise money that benefits the organization through support groups and state-of-the-art clinics. It also goes toward the MDA summer camp, which is a place for kids dealing with muscle disease to be with others sharing similar experiences. The 2015 MDA Muscle Walk of Los Angeles occurred on April 18 and raised more than $67,000.